How To Install PhpVirtualbox on Ubuntu 15.04

Install PhpVirtualbox on Ubuntu 15.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configuration of phpVirtualbox on your Ubuntu 15.04 server. For those of you who didn’t know, phpVirtualBox is an open-source, web-based client written using PHP. It can be used to manage and administer Oracle VirtualBox headless instances.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple. I will show you the step-by-step installation phpVirtualbox on Ubuntu 15.04 server.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 15.04.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install PhpVirtualbox on Ubuntu 15.04

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt-get commands in the terminal.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Step 2. Install the LAMP server.

A Ubuntu 15.04 LAMP server is required. If you do not have LAMP installed, you can follow our guide here. Also, install the required PHP modules:

sudo apt-get install php5 php5-mysql libapache2-mod-php5 php-soap

Step 3. Install phpVirtualbox.

Download the latest stable version of phpVirtualbox, At the moment of writing this article it is version 5.0-3:

sudo unzip
sudo rm -f
sudo mv phpvirtualbox-5.0-3 /var/www/html/phpvirtualbox

We will need to change some folders permissions:

chown www-data:www-data -R /var/www/html/phpvirtualbox

Step 4. Configure phpVirtualBox.

We need to modify the phpVirtualBox configuration to make successful communication with VirtualBox installation, first, we need to rename the sample config file (config.php-example to config.php):

sudo cp /var/www/html/phpvirtualbox/config.php-example /var/www/html/phpvirtualbox/config.php
sudo nano /var/www/html/phpvirtualbox/config.php

Change the user name and password to the user there is running Virtualbox:

var $username = 'idroot';
var $password = 'password';

VirtualBox setup creates an init script vboxweb-service when it is installed, this is used to start and stop the vboxwebserv, before starting the service, we need to have /etc/default/virtualbox file because it contains settings for the service. We need to create it manually if it does not exist:

sudo nano /etc/default/virtualbox

You should add this line in the file:


Now you should start the vboxweb-service, and make it start automatically on boot:

sudo /etc/init.d/vboxweb-service start

Step 5. Accessing phpVirtualbox.

phpVirtualbox will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to or http://server-ip/phpvirtualbox and complete the required steps to finish the installation. Where the default phpVirtualBox username name and password is admin/admin. If you are using a firewall, please open port 80 to enable access to the control panel.

Install PhpVirtualbox on Ubuntu 15.04

Congratulations! You have successfully installed a phpVirtualbox. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing phpVirtualbox in Ubuntu 15.04 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official phpVirtualbox website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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